CHICAGO – President Trump, who again used Twitter to criticize a company he once described as a "true American icon," supported Harley-Davidson Inc. motorcycle owners who may boycott the manufacturer if he postpones a production from the US
"Great," said the president. "Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors, a really bad move! The US will soon have a level playing field or better."
Trump has whipped more than half a dozen times against the Milwaukee-based manufacturer of iconic motorcycles after praising the company at the start of his presidency.
The relationship reversed after Harley had announced in the summer to shift the production of bicycles for Europe overseas. It was after Trump's government introduced steel and aluminum tariffs promoting retaliatory measures from the European Union. Harley-Davidson said it would increase its cost by $ 2,200 for each bike delivered there.
Harley does not sell US-built motorcycles overseas, and the company said it will not change. On Sunday, in an interview with CNBC on July 30, he mentioned the comments of CEO Matthew Levatich. Levatick then said that Harley-Davidson prefers to supply customers worldwide from the United States.
However, over the past two decades, it has built up international production, as trade and customs restrictions in certain markets may make it prohibitive and the company may lose access to some customers due to price, a transcript of the interview states.
Trump's statement came a day after he welcomed biker supporters to his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey, and a New York Times article quoted some Harley-Davidson owners who told the company at a rally in Sturgis, SD. criticized.